Get set for a weekend of fan-tastic fun
By Ann Evans
Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography
Time to indulge in your fun side at the MCM Comic Con. Ann Evans gives us a glimpse of what’s coming.
There’s a weekend of fun and entertainment coming up in Birmingham next weekend, 24th and 25th November, when the MCM Comic Con returns to the National Exhibition Centre. This is the place to let your hair down and indulge in your favourite superhero, film, video game and comic book characters.
You can dress up as your favourite character and meet fellow Cosplayers, or just go along and enjoy seeing how incredible some of these costumes are. There’s a masquerade at the end of each day on the main stage, which you won’t want to miss. It’s free to enter or to watch.
You’re sure to see some incredible costumes from members of the UK Garrison, part of the global 501st Legion, which is the largest costuming organisation in the world. They pride themselves on creating ‘movie accurate’ costumes of characters from the Star Wars universe, as well as their professionalism and dedication to fundraising for charity.
Beyond the Star Wars universe. The UK Garrison’s TV and film character division, Reel Icons will also be there, dressed in costumes that might range from Planet of the Apes to Alien and Predators.
There will be lots of different zones to explore at the show, such as Comic Village, where artists, writers and creators of all genres will be displaying their unique books, graphic novels, and artwork for you to browse or buy. While in the Community Zone you can meet Cosplay experts and learn how you can make realistic props and costumes.
Dozens of stars from film and TV will be lined up to sign autographs for fans. Amongst them, David Morrissey known for The Walking Dead and Dr Who; Jason o’Mara known for Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Batman; Mary McDonnell from Major Crimes and Battlestar Gallactica, Chris Barrie from Red Dwarf and many others.
The Theatre Panels will be ongoing over the two days, where special guests will be talking about their work and answering your questions.
In the Kids Zone, you can find a quiet corner where your child can enjoy some of the amazing books lined up on the shelves. There’s face painting, Build-a-Bear or the kids can have a go with the latest Nintendo games. Check the website as kids under 10 go free with a general entry ticket holder.
There will be dozens of trade stands to browse, giving you a chance to buy the very best from the world of films, TV, Anime, Manga, comics, action figures and much more.
There’s so much going on if you’re a steampunk fan. Steampunk Emporium and the Ministry of Steampunk make a welcome return bringing the best exhibits from the world of steampunk as well as offering maker’s talks and workshops. A great opportunity to pick up new ideas and learn new skills.
TV prop maker, John Naylor will be bringing along some unique creations. He will be joined by Mark Goodman from Mostly Curious Games; and Kind Hearts and Coronets will be displaying their gowns and unique handmade jewellery. These along with other top names in the world of Steampunk will be showing what can be done with a little imagination.
So, set your imagination free and have an amazing time at the MCM Comic Con next weekend.
MCM Comic Con takes place at the Birmingham NEC on 24th and 25th November. Further details at: https://www.mcmcomiccon.com/birmingham